Mayor still refuses to go
LORD Mayor Lisa Scaffidi will make one last-ditch effort to remain in her role after the State Administrative Tribunal yesterday disqualified her for 18 months.
It will be a race against time for Ms Scaffidi, with her disqualification effective from midnight Thursday.
The Tribunal handed down its penalty after finding Ms Scaffidi’s failure to declare thousands of dollars in gifts and travel was due to “gross carelessness”.
It decided it was “not a case of intentional wrongdoing”, despite Ms Scaffidi twice being reminded of her obligations by the City’s chief executive.
Ms Scaffidi tweeted a statement about five hours after the decision was handed down, saying she would “continue to fight” the punishment.
“I will be applying to the Supreme Court for a stay of penalty until the appeal can be heard,” she wrote.
“The position is that if I do not obtain a stay of the Tribunal’s orders then the appeal(s) will become pointless as the Supreme Court does not have power to reinstate me in the event that I am successful on appeal.
“I will continue to fight for what I consider to be a fair and just outcome in this matter, both for myself and for those who elected me.
“In particular, I will not give in to those who wrongly seek to make this a political issue.”
The Department of Local Government remained tight-lipped on the development. A spokeswoman said “it would not be appropriate for the department to comment further while the matter is before the courts”.
A City of Perth statement said its administrative operations would be business as usual.
“Until such time as there is a development, the Lord Mayor remains in office,” a spokeswoman said.
“This decision does not change the administration’s focus on continuing to serve the community and deliver high-quality services to ratepayers.”
I will continue to fight for what I consider to be a fair and just outcome in this matter, both for myself and for those who elected me. - Lisa Scaffidi on Twitter